Rome 1927 - 2005 Perugia
Piero Dorazio is considered one of the leading Italian artists of Concrete Colour Painting. During a one-year stay in the US, he met the leading proponents of Abstract Expressionism, such as Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and Barnett Newman. At the same time, he assiduously studied the writings of Wassily Kandinsky, whose theory on the immaterial aspects of painting had a lasting influence on him. Dorazio also took part in the documenta. Afterwards, he was given a lectureship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1963 and was appointed professor in 1968. In the 1960s, he developed the first compositions made up of bars of colour at his New York studio; they henceforth characterised his work. His abstract pictorial language became manifest in the way he used the primary colours, overlapping, interweaving and repeating them in stripes, lines, fields and surfaces. In addition to paintings on aluminium, wood and Plexiglas, he created lithographs and etchings, glass windows, mosaics, ceramics, and stage settings.